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Family Law : South Carolina

A guide to resources on divorce, child custody, visitation and related resources for South Carolina.

Search South Carolina Laws & Cases

SC Code of Laws:  South Carolina Legislature's Website

Search current family laws on the website of the SC General Assembly.  You may access previous versions of the SC Code on its Archives page.

Title 20:  Domestic Relations

Title 63:  Children’s Code

SC Cases: South Carolina Judicial Department's Website

Search SC Supreme Court opinions from 1997 to the present, and SC Court of Appeals opinions from 1999 to the present.  Website also provides locations and contact information for trial courts and court officials.

Frequently Asked Questions in South Carolina Family CourtsFAQs regarding divorce; child custody, visitation, support, name changes, and paternity; and orders of protection.

Court Rules for SC Family Courts

SC Family Court Forms

Clinics and Other Resources

Family Law

Your Local Library

Ask if your public library offers the Gale LegalForms database. LegalForms contains state-specific forms and documents in Word or Adobe format that can be edited to suit users' needs by filling in the blanks with relevant and accurate information.

Your local public, technical college, or university library may have the South Carolina Code Annotated in print and books on legal topics.  

Some public libraries in South Carolina provide its patrons with access to Westlaw. Check with your college or university for access to NexisUni. Both electronic databases allow you to search state and federal laws and read about specific topics in legal encyclopedias and journals. 

USC School of Law Library

Reference librarians are available to assist you from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you are unable to visit in person, you can call 803-777-5902, email us at lawref@law.sc.edu, or use our chat reference service (Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM), accessible from the library's homepage.

Reference librarians can recommend resources for you to use, but they cannot select forms for you, give legal advice, help you fill in forms, or generally advise whether or not you're "doing it right."